The regional authorities of Russia dissemble data on dangerous animal diseases, said Rosselkhoznadzor. This point of view at the first meeting of the permanent anti-epizootic commission under the government of the Russian Federation was expressed by the head of the Russian watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert.
"They supervise themselves. And we can`t do the work that is needed to be done and can`t take measures needed. In addition, we have a delay in taking measures and there is a delay associated with concealing diseases," he said.
In this regard, Dankvert stressed the need for the transfer of authority to monitor the work of regional veterinary services to the Rosselkhoznadzor, since the current system proved that the subjects of the Russian Federation and veterinarians are not interested in showing their ineffective work. As a result, products that have genomes of viruses are sent to other regions. According to Dankvert, this year Kaliningrad manufacturers sent products with the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus to 11 subjects, Penza manufacturers - to 14 regions.
In addition, due to the spread of bird flu, 761,000 birds were destroyed this year in Penza Region, and 221,000 in Rostov Region, Dankvert reported. At the same time, he attributed the spread of bird flu to the fact that some regions stopped vaccination in the places identified by the Rosselkhoznadzor. “The Kirov region is vaccinating its birds and is avoiding the bird flu spread for a number of years. At the same time, there is a number of regions, the same Udmurtia, where we destroy the bird flock because they do not vaccinate their birds” the head of the department said.
He also noted that the quarantine scale associated with the spread of animal diseases is being underestimated by regional authorities due to considerations of economic gain. He also mentioned that non-accredited veterinary laboratories work in 14 regions and urged to stop the movement of products in the country, the certificates for which were issued by these laboratories, since it may be unsafe.